AKRON - In this “23 Big Dreams” series, the LeBron James Family Foundation and its broadcast partner, WKYC, highlight a new Akron Public School student and his or her career aspirations each week. With a tuition and fees scholarship from The University of Akron, the commitment of college has changed their personal goals and their expectations for their futures. Like LeBron, these are just kids from Akron with big dreams.
One minute you can be on the edge of your seat, enthralled in an action-packed adventure while the next you could be laughing out loud with a hilariously heartwarming romantic comedy, only to be followed by a scream-inducing horror film. Thus is the magic of the movies, and on any given day, you can find Parson Jordan learning life lessons and experiencing a plethora of emotions through his favorite pastime of watching movies.
His passion for adventure and flair for the dramatic are just a couple of things that have led Parson to his big dream of joining the characters he watches on screen as a big time movie star.
But before the TV turns on and the bright lights take over, Parson knows he has to keep his promises symbolized by the bands he proudly wears on his wrist every single day. A member of the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Wheels for Education program, the soon-to-be 5th grader from Resnik CLC is firmly rooted in his commitment to staying in school and working hard for everything he gets.
“He looks at them all the time and you can tell he thinks about it,” says his mom, Dionne Jordan, sharing that Parson never takes his bands off. “He knows you have to work hard, that nothing is handed to you.”
To Parson, the bands symbolize all that and even more.
“They mean that Mr. LeBron James is proud of me,” says Parson, noting that having the NBA All-Star and world champion be proud of him is “pretty neat.”
In addition to LeBron, Parson also has several role models at home that help keep him on the right path to his big dream. His two older brothers, Patrick and Pierce, both served as 330 Ambassadors, the Foundation’s group of local high school students that serve as LeBron’s arms and legs throughout the community and in the classrooms mentoring the younger students.
When asked how it feels to see his brothers serve as leaders in the community, Parson responds with a smile that permeates through the telephone wires as he says, “it feels pretty, pretty good.”
It also feels pretty good to know that as long he stays on the path and keeps his promises, Parson is guaranteed a free, four-year college scholarship to The University of Akron thanks to LeBron and The University.
With two older sons in college, Parson’s parents are all too familiar with the financial burden of a college education.
“It’s a godsend,” says Mrs. Jordan. “The gift of continuing an education… what better gift could you ever ask for? It’s just incredible.”
Parson is an incredible young man with a charismatic personality, a supportive family, and one really big dream. He knows he has a lot of work to do to earn his college scholarship and keep his promises.
But with the unwavering support of Mr. LeBron, his older brothers, his mom, his dad, his aunts, the LeBron James Family Foundation team, The University of Akron, and his entire hometown community, he knows that he can do it.
And that life changing reality of having a support system around you, nurturing your big dreams, Parson says that feels pretty, pretty good as well.